Epanalepsis

An Introduction to Epanalepsis.

Epanalepsis is the repetition of a word or phraseOpens in new window within a sentence, in which case other words must appear between the repeated words or phrases.

A common case of Epanalepsis is the repetition of the word or phrase with which the clause began at the end of the same clause or sentence.

    For Example:
  • It will have blood, they say, it will have blood.”
    William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

In Epanalepsis, the beginning and closing phases of the sentence are the major part in which major ideas or keywords are expressed. This technique is often used to achieve emphasis and rhythmic elegance.

Notable Examples of Epanalepsis
  • That day I found you will always be cherished in my heart, no other day is to be compared to that day.”
  • V. I. Chivaux
  • A minimum wage that is not a livable wage can never be a minimum wage.”
  • Ralph Nader
  • “These things I have spoken unto you that in me you might have peace. In the world, ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer — I have overcome the world.”
  • John 16:33 (KJV)
  • “In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.”
  • Paul Harvey
  • History is ours and people make history.”
  • Salvador Allende.
  • The King is dead, long live the King!”
  • Traditional Proclamation
  • To each the boulders that have fallen to each.”
  • Robert Frost, Mending Wall
  • Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare.”
  • Emerson, Self-Reliance
  • “The minority gives way not because it is convinced that it is wrong, but because it is convinced that is a minority.”
  • Stephen, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
Further Readings:
American Rhetoric | epanalepsisOpens in new window
Rutil. 1.11; Isidore 1.36.11;
Peacham (1577) F3r, I2v;
Fraunce (1588) 1.22;
Putt. (1589) 210 (“epanalepsis,” “the eccho sound,” “the slow return”)